A gay Tasmanian couple has won compensation from their neighbour after enduring seven years of his homophobic harassment.
Gay Tasmanian couple Punch and Brian Doran
(pictured) from the town of Longley, pleased with the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal’s decision to award $6000 in compensation.
“It’s a great decision. It’s very good for both Brian and I.
We’ve been enduring this for seven years and we’ve been trying to get redress for what happened and we’re very concerned also for other members of our communities,” Mr Punch told the ABC.
The couple said the ordeal began with homophobic slurs from their neighbour.
When the verbal attacks turned to physical violence, it became impossible for the couple to ignore the situation.
“His dog attacked my dogs, and then he grabbed me around the neck before saying, ‘You never learn’,” he recalled.
The Gay Tasmanian couple resisted advice to move.
They decided to stay in their home of 20 years and launched the case with the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal last September.
“Why should we tolerate or allow this behaviour? Certainly the police suggested that we move,” he said.
“In this day and age, in this country, when people have got to move when they’ve been so violated – there’s not much to living in that.”
The Mercury reported Magistrate Glenn Hay ordered the couple’s neighbour to pay “$6000 as compensation.
- loss and injury suffered by the complainants and caused by the respondent’s
- discrimination prohibited conduct,
- inciting to hatred,
- sexual harassment and
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